Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What is Your World?

by Glenn Broce
Just this month, I was asked to share with the teachers and Staff at Heritage International School where Marjorie volunteers and our children attend. I opened up by asking the staff, "What is your world?"

Sometimes it’s easy to think that our “world”, the one that Jesus called us to go to, is out there.....not where we work. But our work place is the place where we spend a majority of our time. 

Some of the teachers at the school felt like their REAL ministry was on the weekends when they get to serve at orphanages or in the poor communities.  Yes, that is ministry, but the main reason they are here is to teach at Heritage International School.  So, Glenn was able to instill a vision that their world IS Heritage International students, parents, colleagues, staff. 

At this school, they are literally discipling nations because students come from 27 nations all over the world:
Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Netherlands, Nigeria, The Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan (both South and North), Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.   
Staff at Heritage International School, Spiritual Retreat Day
The fact that these are not the poor has consumed many of the teachers and riddled them with guilt, but the fact is, these are the leaders of our next generation.  The students basically come from three groups- missionary families, governmental families and business families. They students come from influential families. What's so exciting is that the teachers have the leeway to teach the word of God freely in every class, and the teachers do that. 

It was a good reminder that their world is not just “out there” where the poor and needy are, but it’s also here at the school, where the “rich” are who will be our next leaders around the world.  What a privilege we have to disciple and transform nations!

Some of the comments we received: 

Click here for a blog post from one of the teachers who really "got it"!!!  

"I thought it was going to be a guilt trip to get us to stay here next year, instead, I have more peace that my decision to go back to the states and enter into my world there, is of God." ~High school teacher    

"When you first asked the question: Who is your world that God has called you to, I would have said my family here and back home.  But the second time you asked it after you taught, I would now answer that my world is here at Heritage and at our restaurant." ~Staff

"Now I understand the 7 Mountains better."  ~Middle school teacher
"Thank you, that was really good."  ~Elementary school teacher

So, which mountain of influence (education, government, business, religion/church, media, arts/entertainment, family) has God called you?

"What is your world?"

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